VAN ALSTYNE — Jack Cawthon was born November 18, 1944. “Big Jack” was a gentle giant and a rock to many. He loved people and helping others in need. He had a kind spirit that could calm a room of people. His heart was big, his word was gold, and he spoke the truth. He was married 47 years to his loving wife, Kay.

He fiercely loved and protected Kay and his daughter, Amanda. He delighted in fishing with his grandson, Gabriel, who brought him so much joy and laughter. He was so proud of Amanda and her husband, John, whom he thought of as his own son. He was a hard worker and a kind leader, and he retired from the Texas Highway Department of McKinney.

He is survived by his wife, Kay; daughter, Amanda; son-in-law, John Shelton; grandson, Gabriel Shelton; brother, Scotty Cawthon; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Aleck Dale and Lena Bell Cawthon; and sister, Melba Estep.

Services were held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, December 16 at the Scoggins Funeral Home Chapel, with Minister Shannon Jackson officiating. The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, December 15 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers please donate to Tipton Children’s Home in Tipton, Oklahoma or the Special Olympics.

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